I am now almost certain that it is the ignition/spark.
Today I was trying to restart it and when I pushed the Starter button all that happened was the headlight dimmed. The Starter motor wouldn't even try to turn and there was no sound. It kept doing this for a while, wouldn't even TRY to start. Then I kept hitting the back brake and moving the kickstand around wondering if there is some sort of a switch. Eventually after about 10 minutes it started to try to start. But it wouldn't, just kept backfiring and not even attempting to start, almost like its out of gas. But its got plenty of gas, the carbs have recently been cleaned very well, there are no air leaks, the fuel pump definitely works, sure beats me.
I am wondering what I should look for. See I ain't real good with electrical systems. I can work on mechanical parts but I don't have lots of experience on ignition and wiring.
As far as I know, it seems like it would be unlikely to be the CDI or Coils. WHAT are the chances both would fail at the exact same time? NOt very high IMO. Not that they haven't failed, just seems less likely.
So what you guys think? I really need help, I need a reliable highway bike right now. All I have is a couple of Scooters and a bunch of project bikes that are being restored to get me around. I can't even drive this thing to the gas station right now, I don't trust it and I can't count on it getting me to anywhere.
I know its probably simple, no big deal. I know its a Honda and its reliable as anything, just right now the electrical system is sucky. Also the taillight is out, the brake light works and I tried to work on the electrical system today. The PO tried to rewire it and failed. Its all screwed up. I got most of it working, but thats another issue I think I can figure out.
So what would be a few things to look at?